Ben and I attended NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Partner Conference last week (our NetSuite coverage here). We both had a chance to meet CEO Zach Nelson several times: on-stage, at dinner, and a cozy small-group chat that included several Enterprise Irregulars. Michael Krigsman of the IT Project Failures fame recorded the entire conversation, and although it’s an hour long, I recommend listening to it. It’s a no-nonsense, to-the-point conversation, not a PR message.
This may just be a good time for a little backgrounder on the Enterprise Irregulars, a group I often refer to. From Michael’s post @ ZDNet:
The Enterprise Irregulars is an invitation only group comprised of top-tier enterprise analysts, observers, industry veterans, and executives. The group consists of a loose affiliation of members who make decisions entirely on a consensus basis, without formal leadership or management.
Despite the highly informal organization structure, the Enterprise Irregulars maintains an active private discussion community and members meet periodically for briefings with vendors.
I’m a proud member of the EI, in fact I am also editing the Enterprise Irregulars Blog, an aggregation of (selected) member posts. And let’s not forget that both the EI Blog and CloudAve are sponsored by Zoho.
(Disclosure: analyst / press / blogger travel and hotel expenses were covered by NetSuite)